The Bridges To Come

“Here’s an original idea: replace the genetic machinery altogether (the cell nucleus, ribosomes, and related structures) with a small computerized robot. The computer would store the gentic code, which is only about 800 megabytes of information, or about 30 megabytes using data compression. The computerized system replacing the nucleus would then perform the function of the ribosomes by directly assembling strings of amino acids according to the computerized genetic information. These computers would all be on a wireless local area network, so improvements to the genetic code could be quickly downloaded from the Internet. It would not be necessary for the computer replacing each cell nucleus to have a complete copy of the genetic code, since these computers will be able to share their information”

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